Manhattan Theatre Club Announces Three Plays for 2019-2020 Season
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Manhattan Theatre Club
Announces Three Plays For 2019-2020 Season


On Broadway at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

The Height of the Storm

American Premiere

Written by Tony Award Nominee Florian Zeller

Translated by Oscar and Tony Award Winner

Christopher Hampton

Directed by Tony and Drama Desk Award Nominee Jonathan Kent


Two-Time Olivier and Tony Award Winner

Jonathan Pryce

Three-Time Olivier Award Winner

Eileen Atkins


Off-Broadway at New York City Center Stage I

Poor Yella Rednecks

Co-World Premiere

Written by Qui Nguyen

Directed by May Adrales


Off-Broadway at New York City Center Stage II

The New Englanders

World Premiere

Written by Jeff Augustin

Directed by Saheem Ali

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) are pleased to announce three productions slated for Manhattan Theatre Club’s upcoming 2019-2020 season.

MTC will produce the American premiere of The Height of the Storm, written by Tony Award nominee Florian Zeller (The Father), translated by two-time Tony Award Winner Christopher Hampton (Les Liaisons Dangereuses) and directed by Tony and Drama Desk Award nominee Jonathan Kent (Long Day’s Journey into Night), starring two-time Olivier and Tony Award Winner Jonathan Pryce (Miss Saigon, “Game of Thrones”) & three-time Olivier Award Winner Eileen Atkins (Doubt, The Retreat From Moscow) at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on Broadway; the New York Premiere of Poor Yella Rednecks by Qui Nguyen (Vietgone) and directed by May Adrales (Vietgone) at New York City Center – Stage I; and the World Premiere of The New Englanders by Jeff Augustin (Little Children Dream of God) and directed by Saheem Ali (Sugar in Our Wounds) at New York City Center – Stage II.


The Height of the Storm

American Premiere by Tony Award Nominee Florian Zeller

Translated by Oscar and Tony Award Winner Christopher Hampton

Directed by Tony and Drama Desk Award Nominee Jonathan Kent

Starring Two-Time Olivier and Tony Award Winner Jonathan Pryce &

Three-time Olivier Award Winner Eileen Atkins

Previews Begin: Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Opening Night: Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Two of the greatest actors of their generation come together in one unforgettable story of a shared life, and all of its complexities.

Two-time Olivier and Tony winner Jonathan Pryce (“Game of Thrones”, Miss Saigon) joins three-time Olivier Award winner Eileen Atkins (“The Crown”, Doubt) to bring the acclaimed West End sensation by Florian Zeller, and translated by Christopher Hampton (MTC’s The Father), to Broadway.

For 50 years the lives of André and Madeleine have been filled with the everyday pleasures and unfathomable mysteries of an enduring marriage, until suddenly their life together begins to unravel, and this loving relationship is faced with the inevitability of change. Jonathan Kent (Long Day’s Journey into Night) directs this thrilling production The Times of London declares “a deeply moving new play that takes us to the edge of what it is to love.”

Additional casting will be announced in the coming weeks.

Direct from a lauded run in London, the critically acclaimed production will be produced by Manhattan Theatre Club with Simon Friend, Mark Goucher, Howard Panter and Scott Landis.

The creative team for The Height of the Storm will include Anthony Ward (scenic and costume design), Hugh Vanstone (lighting design), Paul Groothuis (sound design), and Gary Yershon (composer).


Poor Yella Rednecks

Co-World Premiere by Qui Nguyen

Directed by May Adrales

Previews Begin: Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Opening Night: Tuesday, June 2, 2020

The author of the acclaimed Vietgone returns to MTC with the second play of his autobiographical trilogy about an immigrant family’s bumpy road to the American dream. Told from the mother’s perspective, Poor Yella Rednecks is the story of a young family’s attempt to put down roots in Arkansas, a place as different from Vietnam as it gets. The production, filled with infectious music and unexpected humor, will reunite Qui Nguyen with director May Adrales for the next chapter in this highly entertaining and moving tale.

Poor Yella Rednecks is co-commissioned and co-produced by South Coast Repertory and Manhattan Theatre Club.

The creative team for Poor Yella Rednecks will include Arnulfo Maldonado (scenic design), Valérie Thérèse Bart (costume design), Lap Chi Chu (lighting design), Shane Rettig (original music & sound design), Jared Mezzocchi (projection design), Sean Cawelti (puppet designer/puppet director) and Kenny Seymour (arranger).

Casting for Poor Yella Rednecks will be announced soon.


The New Englanders

World Premiere by Jeff Augustin

Directed by Saheem Ali

Previews Begin: Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Opening Night: Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Can you ever really live the life you envisioned? In a mixed race family, a teenaged daughter and her dads are all trying to find happiness. Eisa wants to be the next Lauryn Hill and is struggling to break free of her sleepy New England town where she feels hopelessly trapped. Her fathers are being pulled in different directions of their own, one trying to re-connect with an old love, the other clinging to the path he always believed would be their future.

Saheem Ali (Sugar in our Wounds) directs the MTC debut of Jeff Augustin’s (Little Children Dream of God) newest play.

The creative team for The New Englanders will include Arnulfo Maldonado (scenic design), Dede Ayite (costume design), Alan C. Edwards (lighting design) and Palmer Heffernan (sound design).

Casting for The New Englanders will be announced soon.

Five additional productions for MTC’s 2019- 2020 season (including two at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on Broadway; two at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I; and one at The Studio at Stage II - Harold and Mimi Steinberg New Play Series at New York City Center) will be announced in the coming weeks.

Manhattan Theatre Club, under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, has become one of the country’s most prominent and prestigious theatre companies. Over the past four and a half decades, MTC productions have earned numerous awards including 7 Pulitzer Prizes and 23 Tony Awards. MTC has a Broadway home at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) and two Off-Broadway theatres at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street). Renowned MTC productions include Choir Boy by Tarell Alvin McCraney, the 2018 Pulitzer Prize winner Cost of Living by Martyna Majok; Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes; August Wilson’s Jitney and The Piano Lesson; Heisenberg by Simon Stephens; The Father by Florian Zeller with translation by Christopher Hampton; Fool For Love by Sam Shepard; Airline Highway by Lisa D’Amour; Casa Valentina by Harvey Fierstein; Outside Mullingar and Doubt by John Patrick Shanley; The Commons of Pensacola by Amanda Peet; Murder Ballad by Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash; The Assembled Parties by Richard Greenberg; Wit by Margaret Edson; Venus in Fur by David Ives; Good People and Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire; The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez; Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies; Ruined by Lynn Nottage; Proof by David Auburn; The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife by Charles Busch; Love! Valour! Compassion! by Terrence McNally; Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley; and Ain’t Misbehavin’, the Fats Waller musical. For more information on MTC, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.


Joining MTC’s season of plays is easy! Just call the MTC Clubline at 212-399-3050. Single ticket information for The Height of the Storm, The New Englanders and Poor Yella Rednecks will be announced at a later date.

To sign up for MTC’s “30 Under 35” program, offering $30 tickets for theatregoers age 35 and under, visit www.manhattantheatreclub.com/30under35/.


JONATHAN PRYCE (André) is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning actor of the stage and screen. He is best known for Brazil, Glengarry Glen Ross, Evita, Tomorrow Never Dies, and The Pirates of the Caribbean series, as well as his widely recognized performances as High Sparrow in HBO’s Game of Thrones and Cardinal Wolsey in BBC’s “Wolf Hall.” On stage, Jonathan starred in: Comedians in London and on Broadway, for which he received a Tony Award; Hamlet, for which he received an Olivier Award; and in the original West End and Broadway productions of Miss Saigon, for which he received both the Olivier and Tony Awards. Jonathan received further Olivier nominations for his performances in West End’s Oliver and My Fair Lady, and received widespread critical acclaim for his performance as Shylock in The Merchant of Venice which originated at The Globe and toured to America, China and Venice. Other standout performances include leading roles in King Lear, The Goat or Who Is Sylvia?, and The Caretaker in London and New York. Jonathan most recently starred opposite Glenn Close in the critically acclaimed film The Wife, directed by Björn Runge. He can soon be seen as 'Don Quixote' in Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, and in the upcoming Netflix feature film The Pope, directed by Fernando Meirelles, in which he stars as 'Pope Francis' opposite Anthony Hopkins.

EILEEN ATKINS (Madeleine) is a three-time Olivier Award-winning actress and four-time Tony Award nominee. She originated the role of Madeleine in the original London production of The Height of the Storm in 2018. She is widely known for her BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning performance in “Cranford”, as well as major roles in “Upstairs Downstairs” and “Doc Martin.” She last appeared with Manhattan Theatre Club on Broadway in Doubt. She has received Best Actress Tony nominations for her work in The Killing of Sister George, Vivat! Vivat Regina!, Indiscretions opposite Jude Law and Retreat from Moscow opposite John Lithgow. Off-Broadway appearances include Vita & Virginia, which she wrote and co-starred in opposite Vanessa Redgrave, and A Room of One’s Own, for which she won the Lucille Lortel and Obie Awards. Atkins’ West End appearances include Semi-Detached opposite Lawrence Olivier, The Unexpected Man and Honour. She won the Olivier Award for Best Actress for the latter two, and the Best Supporting Actress Olivier Award for Peter Hall’s production of The Winter’s Tale. She co-created “Upstairs Downstairs” and “The House of Eliott,” and won the Evening Standard Award for Best Screenplay for Mrs. Dalloway. Films include Gosford Park, The Hours and Paddington 2. She can be seen most recently as Queen Mary in Netflix’s “The Crown.” In 2001, Eileen Atkins was made a Dame of the British Empire for services to drama.

FLORIAN ZELLER (Playwright) is a French novelist and playwright. Florian Zeller won the prestigious Prix Interallié in 2004 (Fascination of Evil) and several Molière Awards for his plays La Mère (The Mother) and Le Père (The Father).L'Autre, le Manège, Si tu mourais, Elle t'attend, La Vérité (The Truth) Une heure de Tranquillité, and L’Envers du décor were successfully produced in France and internationally. Avant de s'envoler (The Height of the Storm) was on the same season. It opened at the Wyndham’s in October 2018 starring Jonathan Pryce and Eileen Atkins, directed by Jonathan Kent. The play Le Père (The Father) was nominated as Best New Play at the 2016 Olivier Awards, Kenneth Cranham won for Best Actor, it received two nominations for the 2016 Tony Awards: Best Play and Best Performance by an Actor and one Tony for Frank Langella, and has been performed in over 35 countries. His last play, The Son, finishing his Family Trilogy, was produced in Paris in 2018 and at the Kiln Theatre London in February 2019. The Mother will have its New York premiere at the Atlantic Theater, starring Isabelle Huppert this month. Christopher Hampton has translated most of Florian’s plays. Florian Zeller’s plays have received many international awards. Florian Zeller lives in Paris. He is married to the actress and sculptor Marine Delterme.

CHRISTOPHER HAMPTON (Translation). Christopher Hampton’s many screenplays include Dangerous Liaisons, Total Eclipse, The Quiet American, Atonement, Chéri and A Dangerous Method. He both wrote and directed Carrington, The Secret Agent and Imagining Argentina. His television work includes adaptations of “The History Man,” “Hôtel Du Lac,” and “The Thirteenth Tale.” Prizes for his film and television work include an Oscar, two BAFTAs, a Writer's Guild of America Award, the Prix Italia and a Special Jury Award at the Cannes Film Festival. Hampton wrote his first play, When Did You Last See My Mother? at the age of eighteen. Since then, his plays have included The Philanthropist, Savages, Tales From Hollywood, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, White Chamleon, The Talking Cure, Appomattox and All About Eve. He has written the libretti for three Philip Glass operas and co-written three musicals including Sunset Boulevard. He has translated plays by Ibsen, Molière, von Horváth, Chekhov, Yasmina Reza (including ART and The God of Carnage), Daniel Kehlmann (The Mentor, Christmas Eve) and Florian Zeller (The Father, The Mother, The Truth, The Lie and The Height of the Storm). His plays, musicals and translations have garnered four Tony Awards, three Olivier Awards, four Evening Standard Awards and the New York Theatre Critics’ Circle Award.

JONATHAN KENT (Director) was joint Artistic Director of the Almeida Theatre, which he founded as a full-time producing theatre. His productions included Britannicus, Phèdre (also West End/New York); Hamlet, Plenty (West End); King Lear; The Tempest; Platonov; Lulu (also Washington); Coriolanus / Richard II (also New York /Tokyo); Naked (also West End); The Government Inspector; Ivanov (also Moscow); Tartuffe; The Life of Galileo; The School for Wives; Medea (also West End); The Rules of the Game; All for Love; When We Dead Awaken. Broadway productions include Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Faith Healer, Man of La Mancha, Hamlet, Medea. Other theatre work includes Oedipus, Le Cid, Mother Courage, The Emperor and Galilean, The False Servant, David Hare's Young Chekhov Trilogy: Ivanov, Platonov & The Seagull (all National Theatre); The Height of the Storm, Gypsy, Good People, Private Lives, Sweeney Todd, The Country Wife, The Sea, Marguerite, As You Desire Me (all West End); Hecuba (Donmar); Hamlet (Japan/London); Sweet Bird of Youth, A Month in the Country (Chichester Festival Theatre). Currently rehearsing a new version of Peer Gynt at the National Theatre. Opera work includes Manon Lescaut, Tosca (Royal Opera House); Hippolyte et Aricie (Glyndebourne); The Flying Dutchman (ENO/Royal Danish Opera); The Fairy Queen (Glyndebourne/Paris/New York); Don Giovanni (Glyndebourne); Die Frau ohne Schatten (Mariinsky St Petersburg); The Marriage of Figaro (Santa Fe); Elektra (Mariinsky St Petersburg); The Turn of the Screw (Glyndebourne); The Tempest (Santa Fe); A Child of Our Time (ENO); Lucio Silla and Kát'a Kabanová (Santa Fe).


JEFF AUGUSTIN (Playwright). Jeff Augustin’s play Little Children Dream of God premiered at the Roundabout Theatre Company. His other plays include The Last Tiger in Haiti (La Jolla Playhouse and Berkeley Rep) and Cry Old Kingdom (Humana Festival of New American Plays). He translated Our Town into Haitian Creole for Miami New Drama’s multilingual production. Jeff was the Shank Playwright-in-Residence at Playwrights Horizons and the inaugural Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence at Roundabout. He is an alumni of the New York Theatre Workshop 2050 Fellowship; Rita Goldberg Playwright’s Workshop at the Lark; and The Working Farm at SPACE on Ryder Farm. Jeff is currently under commission from Manhattan Theatre Club, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and La Jolla Playhouse. BA: Boston College, MFA: UCSD.

SAHEEM ALI (Director) is a proud immigrant from Kenya. Recent credits include Fireflies (Atlantic Theater Company), Dangerous House, Where Storms Are Born (Williamstown Theater Festival), Sugar in Our Wounds (MTC), Tartuffe (Playmakers Rep), Henry V (NYU Grad), Twelfth Night (The Public), Kill Move Paradise (National Black Theater), Diaspora (Gym at Judson), Nollywood Dreams (Cherry Lane) and Dot (Detroit Public Theater). He has workshopped new plays at Playwrights Horizons, The Atlantic, Playwrights Realm, MCC, MTC, The Public, New York Stage & Film, Page 73 and The Lark. He has co-written two musicals with composer Michael Thurber: The Booty Call (Roundabout Underground Reading Series) and Goddess (O’Neill Musical Theater Conference). He is a Usual Suspect and former Directing Fellow at New York Theater Workshop, Sir John Gielgud SDC Fellow and a Shubert Fellow.


QUI NGUYEN (Playwright) is a playwright, tv/film writer, and Co-Founder of the OBIE Award-winning Vampire Cowboys, who are often credited as the pioneers of “geek theatre.” His plays include Vietgone (Premiere by South Coast Rep and Manhattan Theatre Club, 2016 Steinberg New Play Award winner), She Kills Monsters (The Flea), and the critically acclaimed Vampire Cowboys productions of The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G, Soul Samurai, Alice In Slasherland, Fight Girl Battle World, Men of Steel, and the upcoming Revenge Song (Geffen Playhouse). For TV/Film, Qui’s written for Marvel Studios, AMC, SYFY, and PBS. He’s currently a writer on Netflix’s “The Society” and a screenwriter for Walt Disney Animation Studios. He’s a proud member of the WGA, The Dramatists Guild, the Ma-Yi Writers Lab and an alumnus of New Dramatists and EST’s Youngblood.

MAY ADRALES (Director) is a director, artistic leader and teacher and has directed over 25 world premieres. She recently was awarded the prestigious Theater Communications Group Alan Schneider 2018 award for freelance directors. She is a Drama League Directing Fellow, Women's Project Lab Director, SoHo Rep Writers/Directors Lab and New York Theater Workshop directing fellow, and a recipient of the TCG New Generations Grant, Denham Fellowship and Paul Green Directing Award. She proudly serves as an Associate Artistic Director at Milwaukee Rep. She is a former Director of On Site Programs at the Lark Play Development Center and Artistic Associate at The Public Theater. May has directed and taught at Juilliard, Harvard/ART, ACT, Fordham, NYU and Bard College. May has served on faculty at the Yale School of Drama and Brown/Trinity MFA program. MFA, Yale School of Drama. (www.mayadrales.net) Recent world premieres include Qui Nguyen’s Lortel Award and Obie Award-winning, Vietgone (Manhattan Theatre Club, South Coast Rep, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Seattle Rep); Lauren Gunderson's Natural Shocks (WP Theater); Kemp Powers’s Little Black Shadows (South Coast); Idris Goodwin’s The Way The Mountain Moved (OSF); Chisa Hutchinson’s Somebody’s Daughter (Second Stage Theater) and The Wedding Gift (Contemporary American Theater Festival); JC Lee’s Luce (LCT3); A. Rey Pamatmat’s Edith Can Shoot Things, Hit Them (ATL), after all the terrible things I do (Milwaukee Rep) and Thomas Bradshaw’s Mary (The Goodman). Her work has been seen at Signature Theatre, Lincoln Center, Second Stage Theater, Atlantic Theater, Portland Center Stage and Cleveland Playhouse.


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